May 13, 14 & 15 2016 // Philadelphia, PA
Our most anticipated show of the year, the second weekend of May
- View last year’s exhibitors to get an idea of what you might see
- Take SEPTA transit or get driving and parking directions
150 white tent canopies line the sidewalks of the gorgeous Rittenhouse park, as the Guild returns to Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square with its sixth juried Fine Craft Market over the weekend of May 13, 14 & 15, 2016. This year, you can also expect to see an Emerging artist section, highlighted in the center of the Square, and a hands-on activity, FREE for all ages, sponsored by the Guild workshop program!
Kurt Brantner, a young Guild Master who was awarded his Master Artisan Status in 2015, is excited to unveil the new direction his work is taking at the May Market this Spring, ensuring that craft lovers and collectors have something to look forward to as the weekend approaches. Brantner, our featured artist, is well-versed in both the rich traditions he draws inspiration from as well as the fresh perspective he brings to the creation of his work.
“The majority of my work is wood fired, employing what is known as ‘natural ash glaze’ a technique that requires an understanding of the balance between having control and using the randomness of nature as a tool.” Inspired by a commission this winter for three hundred glazed mugs, he may introduce glazed tableware at the May Fine Craft Market, as well. “I try to make pots that are both culturally and historically relevant yet contemporary; I’ll be making and firing my work in the same style as I’ve been, but more traditional American shapes, and work not limited to the wood firing process, have been sneaking their way into my work.” The Guild is thrilled to have Kurt’s pots, ever-evolving, at this beautifully curated market in Rittenhouse Square!
“Fine craft is a window to other places, other times, to the way the craftsmen see the world,” says Brandi Clark, executive director of the Guild. “There’s a story behind each creator and why they make what they do, why they make certain color or design choices. When you buy from them in person, you find out a wealth of detail that changes the way you look at the world.”
Through a partnership with Friends of Rittenhouse Square and in conjunction with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, this event, which brings artist from around the country to downtown Philadelphia annually, was named a Top 100 Fine Craft Fair in the nation by ArtFair Sourcebook.
The event features functional home décor such as furniture, pottery, glass, photography and other furnishings and also showcases wearable arts such as jewelry, clothing, accessories, leather and fiber handbags. Regardless of medium, all Guild craftsmen make it their passion to elevate everyday functional items into the realm of the visionary. All the craft on display is the patient and careful work of the craftsmen in the booth.
May 13, 14 & 15, 2016
Fri & Sat // 10-7pm
Sun // 11-5pm
Admission is FREE, parking is plentiful
Craft Fair – 2016